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Shutters are a clean, unobtrusive window treatment

Blinds or curtains? Or both? Or what about shutters? There are many ways to make windows look fabulous, and plenty of eco-friendly woods and fabrics to choose from

Oka source eclectic pieces of furniture from around the world

New research from British furniture company Oka suggests a lot of us are planning a home makeover next year...whether it's updating a room or doing more substantial decorating/refurbishing. So it's put together some advice on how to achieve great results

Compact and versatile FSC birch ply Bookie bookshelf by Louise Christie

While many countries are making huge efforts to protect their woodlands, not all wood is from managed forests. So do due diligence and don't buy wooden products from makers or retailers who can't vouch for the wood's sustainability

Jotul makes modern as well as traditional stoves

More of us are investing in wood burning stoves to keep our homesteads warm - and make us feel less dependent on the big energy suppliers. So are they a good buy? Kay Hill investigates

Kevin McCloud headed up this year's GDL at Birmingham's NEC. Highlights included Kevin's latest Green Heroes ..and coffee grains take centre stage

Gorenje A+++ rated W8543 Colour Edition washing machine and heat pump dryer

Kay Hill looks at high and low tech ways of cutting energy use and costs when it comes to laundry and keeping your household in clean dry clothing and bedlinen

Erosion dishes from Royal Selangor

Pewter designs have become highly contemporary and beautiful. But pewter's main ingredient is tin and tin mining is anything but eco-friendly. Manufacturer Royal Selangor and Friends of the Earth consider the implications of using it.

Pendant space dividing EchoPanel panels can be suspended from thin wires

Woven Image's EchoPanel is a brilliant lightweight material with myriad uses. It comes in stunning colours and patterns, it's eco-friendly - and it's got great acoustic properties too. Time to get creative!

It's In The Water by Bianca Green

The art world has often seemed very polarised between original art, good, posters and prints, naff. But Monde Mosaic says it's time we all just buy what we like and liberate ourselves from art snobbery

No1 Pendant light made using steam bent wood by Tom Raffield

Designers are using much more wood for decorative lighting, and not just for the stands. From the elaborate to the pared down and minimal, wood is a surprisingly versatile material for lights

The Guest by Jaime Hayón for Lladró

The word ornament has grim connotations. But don't make your dogs, birds or dancing ladies hide away, because ceramic ornaments mean a huge amount to us - and sales are on the rise

Off grid out in west Wales

Moving out of the city and want more energy independence and to reduce your CO2 emissions? It's not as hard as you may imagine

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